Dana Allmond knows a great deal about living up to an oath. For four years, as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, she lived under the West Point Cadet Honor Code and by the West Point motto “Duty, Honor, Country”. Upon graduation, in 1994, she was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army, where she served on active duty for more than 23 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. At her commissioning, she took a solemn oath which included the words, “support and defend the Constitution”, an oath she takes seriously today as much as she did then.
Dana has been disturbed by those who violate an oath, especially military officers and elected officials who are expected to protect and serve the American people. As a resident of Legislative District 11, she is frustrated by the recent actions of her State Representative, Mark Finchem, who she believes has violated his oath, lost our trust and confidence, and must be removed from the legislature.
What did he do that so upsets Allmond? Finchem supported the “Stop the Steal” efforts which led to the January 6 violation of the U.S. Capitol. Allmond has written “Like the former president, Finchem is responsible for the violence because he helped fuel it on social media. Finchem has no honor. His actions make him unfit to serve in the Arizona State Legislature. He poses a clear and present danger to American citizens.”
She supports the resolution proposed by Rep Athena Salman, the Democratic Representative for Legislative District 26 (Tempe, Mesa and other parts of Maricopa County) to expel Finchem from his office. This action was deemed necessary since the House Ethics Committee has not conducted a proper investigation of Finchem’s actions, Democrats state that the Republicans who control the committee refuse to take their responsibilities seriously.
Dana has also written, ”Finchem even accepted more than $6,000 from Donald J. Trump’s reelection campaign to press the Legislature to overturn a free and fair election. His blatant disregard for life and liberty provides a clear and present example of abuse of power.” Those of us who live in Legislative District 11 must be concerned that a proper independent investigation is conducted. Whether you support President Trump or not, an oath of office must be a sacred promise. If Finchem violated his oath of office, he should be sent home — if not, he must be restored to full respect. There is no doubt that Allmond wants a timely investigation to ensure that our district has proper representation.